Salma Hayek’s Brother Survives Car Crash, Famous Photographer Dies
Mexican Actress Salma Hayek’s brother was hospitalized Sunday evening following a vehicle accident in the Bel Air community of Los Angeles, California.
The collision sadly took the life of one person.
Sami Hayek, 40, was traveling eastbound on Sunset Boulevard when he lost control of his 2006 Ford GT and struck a 2011 Toyota Truck driving in westbound traffic. The driver of the truck was identified as 20-year-old Alvin Gomez.
— RMG News (@rmgnews) February 24, 2014
Hayek and Gomez were immediately rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for treatment. Hayek suffered several broken ribs and a head wound. Gomez is being treated for a broken foot.
Only reason I’m alive right now is only because God himself gave me a second chance.. Rest in Peace pic.twitter.com/dujaSLJYXP
— Alvin Javier Gomez (@gomez_alvin93) February 24, 2014
Hayek’s passenger, Ian Cuttler Sala, was pronounced dead at the scene, succumbing to blunt force trauma to the body. The 43-year-old Mexican-native is “a photographer and art director who won a Grammy for his design of the Johnny Cash: The Legend music box set.” He has also been the mastermind behind other renowned music artworks like Louis Armstrong: The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings.
— The GRAMMYs (@TheGRAMMYs) February 25, 2014
One female celebrity in particular announced her deepest condolences through a Facebook post.
Beyoncé posted this message Tuesday:
Rest in Peace Ian Cuttler. Ian was a Grammy Award winning art director and photographer who will be greatly missed. His memorable work includes album covers for “Destiny Fulfilled” and “Dangerously in Love.”
The local coroner office is expected to conduct a complete autopsy of the photographer’s body. All finds will be relayed to the District Attorney’s office for review.
Hayek, who is also a furniture designer in Los Angeles, was not arrested for the accident. However, police say that he may face consequences for a traffic violation, which is driving on the wrong side of the road.
Investigators are currently looking more into what happened, but speed is presumed to be in connection with the fatal accident.
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